Thursday, February 09, 2006

Canucks 2 Blues 4

Short recap today as the Vancouver Canucks lost 4-2 to the St. Louis Blues last night. What is it about the Blues that the Canucks can't beat them this season? The loss was only the Canucks' fourth at home this season.

Game Recaps: canucks.com . ESPN
Statistics: Score Sheet . Stat Sheet
My notes:

  • That game was probably one of the sloppiest I've seen all season.
  • The Canucks' defense was atrocious last night. Yes, they limited the Blues to 24 shots - only the second time they've kept an opponent to under 30 shots in the last eight games - but many of them were on Alex Auld's door step. The defense seemed to scramble and be out of position a lot. Though I suppose we can't expect too much when half of the defense are normally full-time players from the Manitoba Moose.
  • No less than nine of the 20 players that suited for the Canucks last night played full-time for the Moose this season or last. The average age of the nine players - 24.4 years.
  • For what it's worth, eleven of the Canucks dressed last night are still under 25 years old. That surprised me because the Canucks are supposed to be a veteran team, right?
  • Morrison, Naslund and Bertuzzi actually had decent games last night. On more than a few shifts, they created some excellent scoring chances. They scored the Canucks' second goal and combined for 12 shots on goal.
  • The Sedins weren't nearly as dominant as they have been for most of the season. They missed Anson Carter and it showed. They weren't awful, but they need to play with someone who can finish.
Next up: Anaheim on Friday.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:54 AM


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